Aug 12, 2021, 9:39 AM
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Speaker castigates disrespectful behavior by Russian, British envoys

Tehran, IRNA – Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf slammed Russian and British Ambassadors to Tehran for their weird photo opportunity in the Russian Embassy, calling on Foreign Ministry to address the issue.

Qalibaf took to twitter to condemn the photo opportunity in the Russian Embassy, saying that the ‘diplomatically disrespectful, improper behavior by ambassadors of Russia and Britain’ should be quickly addressed by Foreign Ministry.

He insisted that both ambassadors must immediately apologize for the behavior or a decisive diplomatic response would be imperative.

The Twitter account of Russia’s Embassy in Iran published a photo yesterday, showing the new British Ambassador to Tehran Simon Shercliff sitting with Russia’s Ambassador Levan Dzhagaryan on the upstairs in the porch of Russian Embassy building.

The location and setting reminded the 1943 Tehran conference where the then British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, then US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and then Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin sit at the same place for photo opportunity.

The conference is widely notorious among Iranians and is considered as an aggression and humiliation of Iranian identity and sovereignty. The photo was broadly criticized by all walks of life in Iranian media and social networks.

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